I have to admit, every day of this series I have been SINGING this song from Godspell… so I decided to post it so we can sing it together today! 🙂 https://youtu.be/kuUl522_8jQ
On this first day ‘fore Christmas we are to (take a deep breath…) have goodness in our actions, pray for strength against temptation, wisdom in decisions, patience with each other, forgiveness for our sins, give praise for His love, have love for one another, joy to share with others, peace in our hearts and (take a breath) THANK GOD FOR HIS AMAZING GRACE!
Goodness in our actions… our actions. Have you thought of your actions being a matter of choice before? Free will is a part of God’s wonderful plan in our lives. We are given opportunities to do good things for others, but we are free to ignore others and keep ourselves isolated from the world. It’s a choice – whether we will be a blessing to those around us or a burden.
There are givers and takers… God will help us to give more and take less if we want to be the kind of people He wants us to be. We must not be confused about good deeds though – they do not in any way save us a spot in heaven. It doesn’t work that way. We do good deeds in response to what God through Christ has done for us. Does God always keep His promises to us? Oh, you bet He does!
We pray that God will bring opportunities to do good deeds in response to the promises He keeps to us. Can you think of someone you could help today? It doesn’t have to cost anything except a little of your time. Most of us don’t have a large wad of cash to spend, and God doesn’t expect for you to do that. He wants us to love and care for one another.
Goodness to members of our own family??? Well, sure – why not???
There are shut-ins and lonely people all around us. Elderly people sometimes have trouble writing. Maybe you could help a friend or loved one address some Christmas cards. Does someone you know need a ride to an appointment? Maybe you could take a few moments to visit in someone’s home. It means so much when people are so lonely and alone. We give to others because God has given abundantly to us. 🙂